The Ultimate Personal Productivity Platform is You

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ― Stephen King

The ultimate personal productivity platform is you.

Let’s just put that on the table right up front so you know where personal productivity ultimately comes from.  It’s you.

I can’t possibly give you anything that will help you perform better than an organized mind firing on all cylinders combined with self-awareness.

You are the one that ultimately has to envision your future.  You are the one that ultimately has to focus your attention.  You are the one that ultimately needs to choose your goals.  You are the one that ultimately has to find your motivation.  You are the one that ultimately needs to manage your energy.  You are the one that ultimately needs to manage your time.  You are the one that ultimately needs to take action.  You are the one that needs to balance work and life.

That’s a lot for you to do.

So the question isn’t are you capable?  Of course you are.

The real question is, how do you make the most of you?

Agile Results is a personal productivity platform to help you make the most of what you’ve got.

Agile Results is a simple system for getting better results.  It combines proven practices for productivity, time management, and motivation into a simple system you can use to achieve better, faster, easier results for work and life.

Agile Results works by integrating and synthesizing positive psychology, sport psychology, project management skills, and peak performance insights into little behavior changes you can do each day.  It’s also based on more than 10 years of extensive trial and error to help people achieve high performance.

If you don’t know how to get started, start simple:

Ask yourself the following question:  “What are three things I want to achieve today?”

And write those down.   That’s it.

You’re doing Agile Results.

Comments (3)
  1. Sean Liming says:

    sounds like everything I do already.

  2. JD Meier says:

    It's a great start.

    Just by writing down three things that you want to accomplish:

    * Helps you identify what's valued by you or others

    * Helps you focus among the chaos

    * Helps you prioritize among everything competing for your time, energy, and attention

    * Helps you have a way to get back on track, if you get off track

    * Helps you feel a sense of accomplishment

    * Helps you improve your self-awareness over time around your productivity skills (estimation, effort, motivation, etc.)

    Agile Results is like a Russian doll … as you learn an idea, you find there's another one inside, and yet another one inside of that.


  3. JD Meier says:

    While it's easy to start, Agile Results can support you as you grow your productivity skills.

    It's easy to start, and mastery is a journey.

    Here is a quick list of principles, practices, and ideas you can play with from Agile Results:

    The Minimum


    Write down three things you want to achieve for today.



    1. 80/20 Action

    2. Change Your Approach

    3. Continuous Learning

    4. Deliver Incremental Value

    5. Less is More.

    6. Factor Action from Reference

    7. Set Boundaries

    8. Fix Time, Flex Scope

    9. Rhythm of Results

    10. Version Your Results

    Core Practices


    1. Action Lists

    2. Daily Outcomes

    3. Growth Mindset

    4. Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection

    5. Monthly Improvement Sprints

    6. Reference Lists

    7. Scannable Outcomes

    8. Strong Week

    9. The Rule of 3

    10. Timebox Your Day

    11. Triage

    12. Weekly Outcomes

    Supporting Practices


    Allocated Time

    2. Batch and Focus

    3. Boundaries

    4. Buffers

    5. Chunk It Down

    6. Compelling why

    7. Daily, Weekly, Monthly Results

    8. Diversify Your Results

    9. Do It, Review It, Improve It

    10. Fail Fast

    11. Fix Time, Flex Scope

    12. Good Enough for Now

    13. Improvement Scripts

    14. Just Start

    15. Lessons Learned


    17. Next Best Thing

    18. One Place to Look

    19. Pair Up

    20. Park It

    21. Power Hours

    22. Reduce Open Work

    23. Scripts

    24. Sweeping

    25. Switch Hats

    26. Test Your Results

    27. Tests for Success

    28. Worst Things First

    Insights and Strategies for Better Results


    1. 3 Levels of Learning

    2. Above the Line or Below the Line

    3. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    4. Approach Over Results

    5. Ask Better Questions

    6. Boundaries Are Your Friend

    7. Change Happens

    8. Diversify Your Results

    9. Efficiency and Effectiveness

    10. Enjoy the Process

    11.Factor Practice from Performance

    12. Factor Thinking from Doing

    13. Fix Time, Flex Scope

    14. From Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence

    15. Goals are Vehicles

    16. Have a Strong Week

    17. It’s What You Know and Who You Know

    18. Know the Cycle

    19. Know the System

    20. Know What You're Getting

    21. Know Yourself

    22. Leadership is Influence

    23. Link it to Good Feelings

    24. Make it a Project

    25. Make the Most of What You've Got

    26. Manage Your Plate

    27. Meaningful Work

    28. Measure Against Effectiveness

    29. Metaphors Shape Your Experience

    30. Mindset and Motivation

    31. Model the Best

    32. Motivation and Technique

    33. Next Best Thing to Do

    34. Outcomes Over Activities

    35. Passion is the Fuel

    36. Pave the Way Forward

    37. Results Build Momentum

    38. Results Over Productivity

    39. Spend 80 Percent on Action, 20 Percent on Thinking

    40. Teach What You Need to Learn

    41. Test Your Results

    42. Team Up

    43. The Sweet Spot – Talent, Passion, and Value

    44. Time, Energy, and Technique

    45. Treat Time as a Valuable Resource

    46. Value Delivered Over Backlog Burndown

    47. Value is in the Eye of the Beholder

    48. You Can’t Argue with Results

    49. You Get What You Focus On  

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